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Ship Name and Designation History

This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.

    Tacoma Class Patrol Frigate
    Authorized as Patrol Gunboat PG-159
    Redesignated Patrol Frigate (PF) April 15 1943
    Keel Laid October 19 1943 - Launched December 7 1943

    Commissioned April 3 1944 - Decommissioned August 26 1945
    Transferred under the Lend-Lease Program to the Soviet Union August 27 1945
    Returned to U.S. November 14 1949
    Laid up in Pacific Reserve Fleet at Yokosuka

    Recommissioned January 5 1951 - Decommissioned September 15 1952

  2. ALMIRANTE BRION PF-282 (Colombian Naval Service)
    Transferred to Colombia June 26 1953

    Scrapped 1968


Naval Covers

This section lists active links to the pages displaying covers associated with the ship. There should be a separate set of pages for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). Covers should be presented in chronological order (or as best as can be determined).

Since a ship may have many covers, they may be split among many pages so it doesn't take forever for the pages to load. Each page link should be accompanied by a date range for covers on that page.

  1. Covers Page 1     (DATE RANGE)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). Within each set, the postmarks should be listed in order of their classification type. If more than one postmark has the same classification, then they should be further sorted by date of earliest known usage.

A postmark should not be included unless accompanied by a close-up image and/or an image of a cover showing that postmark. Date ranges MUST be based ONLY ON COVERS IN THE MUSEUM and are expected to change as more covers are added.
>>> If you have a better example for any of the postmarks, please feel free to replace the existing example.


Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


Locy Type


Censored, World War II use. Posted from another ship or station...Ship had no post office.


Locy Type 2




Welcome to Norfolk ARC Almirante Brion ex USS Burlington PF-51, cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson


Other Information

USS BURLINGTON received two battle stars for her World War II service and five battle stars for service in Korean waters

NAMESAKE - Named for cities in Iowa, Vermont, New Jersey, and North Carolina.



If you have images or information to add to this page, then either contact the Curator or edit this page yourself and add it. See Editing Ship Pages for detailed information on editing this page.


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